High School Diploma, 1964
Following high school graduation, Laura earned her diploma in nursing from The Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. By 1977, she had been commissioned a Nurse Corps officer in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, she earned her BSN from The American University and her MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.
Throughout her naval career, which spanned 30 years, she earned many honors, medals, and meritorious badges, including a service award for “Operation Desert Storm” and one for service at Guantanamo Bay. Perhaps the medal she is most proud of is the Defense Superior Service Medal. It represents her efforts while assigned as staff at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Other items of interest:
- US Navy Nurse Corps Captain (Retired)
- President, Board of Directors of the Historic Jefferson Foundation
- Regent, local Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution
- Secretary, Board of Directors, Excelsior Foundation
- Active member of Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club
- Member, county Master Gardeners
- Treasurer of Episcopal Church Women, Christ Episcopal Church of Jefferson, TX
Impact Toccoa Falls had on my life: Laura says, “So much impact on my life, I’d be hard-pressed to express it. I am still in touch with classmates who are like brothers and sisters to me, even though I am from a large genetic family! We had wonderful teachers and staff at Toccoa Falls who made sure we knew our value to the Kingdom and who were very concerned about us individually. I have said from time-to-time that we were damaged by life’s difficulties and the Toccoa Falls family surrounded us with love and respect. Always, if I mentioned that I attended Toccoa Falls, the reaction was positive—such a profound reputation of integrity was held for the college, and instilled in us. I think of my Toccoa Falls family often!